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Bake yourself Happy

Breads × cakes × Pastries × confectionEry

 

LET'S GET BAKING.

Welcome to Bake with Maria. If you are looking to expand your baking repertoire or master moist cakes, flaky pastry and wholesome bread you have come to the right place. I teach a variety of baking classes with the common goal of helping you make delicious baked goods from scratch in a domestic kitchen. I have taught thousands of students over the past 9 years, from the first time baker who has never encountered yeast to the entrepreneur who runs 12 successful bakeries in India. I enjoy spending time in my kitchen meeting new people, baking with them and teaching them new skills that they can use at at home. I look forward to welcoming you!

To see what my previous students have to say about my classes, check out Tripadvisor for more than 200 reviews! 

To keep up to date on new classes and baking adventures, please sign up to my mailing list here or below.

For any questions send me an email at maria@bakewithmaria.com.

Happy Baking!

Maria

BAKING classes

PRIVATE + GROUP CLASSES

When it comes to private classes the sky is pretty much the limit. I can offer 1 on 1 classes in my home kitchen if you are looking to perfect a certain recipe or technique. In my own kitchen I also offer classes for small groups looking for a fun day of baking. Ideas include French Patisserie, Afternoon Tea or a Pizza Making to name a few. 

I can arrange larger private classes for groups of friends, hen parties and large families. We have previously run - with great success! - bake-off classes, macaron classes and chocolate making sessions. These classes are a great way to enjoy time together. I work with  kitchen venues across London so we can find a location and a venue that suits your needs.

To discuss options, email maria@bakewithmaria.com.

MARIA'S BAKING CLUB

Want to join a scheduled baking class? Then you have come to the right place! From the 1st September I will be running all of my baking classes out of my brand new & very beautiful kitchen. We are moving house over the Summer and starting in September all classes will be taught in my new house in NW2 (Childs Hill / Golders Green, or West West Hampstead to some ;) )

Below you will see which classes are on offer and there is also a class calendar with dates and prices. You can pay on my website using your credit card (All very secure!) or you can pop me an email with the class and date you want to attend and I will book it in for you. No previous baking experience is needed, just a love for sugar ;) For any questions or booking requirements, email me: maria@bakewithmaria.com

Upcoming classes: 

  • Patisserie & Petits Fours

  • Bread Baking Class

  • Sourdough Bread 

  • Cake & Pastry

  • Eastern Promises

New weekend dates:

19th October: Patisserie & Petits Fours

27th October: Baguettes, Bagels & Buns

17th November: Cake & Pastry

See the full class calendar with dates, times and prices below!

 

CORPORATE CLASSES

Baking is a great team building opportunity. It helps cultivate team work through a little fun competition, whilst creating something delicious from scratch. I can cater to all levels of experience and each event is bespoke to your needs.

Previous events include Bake Offs, Pizza and Beer evenings, Christmas Baking classes. Get in touch with your requirements and I will create a unique baking experience for you and your team. I work with several larger kitchens across London, so I should be able to find a location that accommodates your needs.

Previous customers include Google, Bobbins Bicycles, Facebook, Yelp, Lacoste and NHS to mention a few.

To discuss options, email maria@bakewithmaria.com.

GIFT VOUCHERS

Looking for a great gift? Our Gift Vouchers are always a hit the recipients! Simply click the link below to select your gift voucher amount. You will automatically receive a digital gift voucher which can be shared with the recipient. He/she can then simply click the schedule button to redeem their voucher for a class/classes of their choosing! Gift giving has never been easier for both the giver and the receiver!

NB: if you have received a gift voucher from before the 15th June please email me to book a class (this was before it all got very tecchy and digital!)

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CLASS CALENDAR - BOOK YOUR CLASS NOW

 

Bake yourself happy.

Send us an email if you want to sign up for a class or if you would like to arrange a private baking class

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Phone

+44 07725 952724

E-MAIL

maria@bakewithmaria.com

LOCATION

Golders Green, NW2
London

 

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ABOUT MARIA

I’ve been baking ever since I was a little girl. I love spending time in my kitchen, kneading bread, seeing the dough develop in my hands, trying out new recipes and making up my own! My passion is home-baked bread, cakes and pastries. It was this passion that pulled me away from corporate life and toward running my own baking school.

 I received my professional training at Westminster Kingsway College as well as Lakefield College, where I earned a Professional Chef Diploma Level 3 in Patisserie and Confectionery.

 I have run my school, The Baking Lab, for 7 wonderful years. During that time I have taught thousands of students how to bake great tasting breads, cakes and pastries from scratch. I teach out of my home kitchen in West Hampstead and various schools and colleges in London.

On the home front, I am happily married to Marshall (my loud American) and proud mum to two small kids: Kasper & Astrid.

Who bakes with me: Each week I run scheduled classes in my kitchen. These classes are small and intimate. Everything is hands-on and there is a lot of 1-1 attention for my students. Most people attend on their own, but since the class is relaxed and always very friendly everyone is at ease as soon as they enter my kitchen. My classes are quite international and I have students travelling from far away countries such as China, India, Uganda, Brasil, USA, Japan, Kuwait and South Korea. But I also have people walking here in less than 10 minutes from their house :).

In addition to my scheduled classes I run private baking classes and events. My classes here have run the gamut. On the one hand, I have baked with families visiting London who want to explore the Afternoon Tea phenomenon. On the other hand I have hosted corporate classes for Google, Facebook, Moet, Thermomix, Bobbins Bicycles, Wellcome collection, Lacoste, NHS to mention a few. In between I have entertained countless hen do’s and birthday celebrations.

Beyond the Baking Classes: Every year I run a Culinary Holiday in Tuscany in early May. If you are into baking, cooking, wine and Tuscany, then join us for our next adventure!

I have been featured together with a couple on the American TV show “House Hunters”. I’ve had the honor to meet and host Dame Kelly Holmes when she interviewed Catherine Bohart for her podcast on mental health. I have even imitated the Silverfox Paul Hollywood for a Baking Class at the Waitrose Cookery school in Central London. In November I ran Christmas themed baking classes at the demo kitchen at Fortnum & Masons for children. And my other TV debut was on Islam Channel doing a demo of bread dough!

In the past I have worked with creative agencies to help them understand bread baking for their client work. I have created baking related events for PR companies promoting brands and new products. Finally I have consulted bakeries in India, The Middle East and Africa to develop  their baking menu with new products based on current trends.


 

join us in tuscany

. A 6 day culinary holiday in Tuscany from the 3rd to the 8th May, 2020
 
The Cooking & Baking  holiday in Tuscany includes:

  • Four cooking and baking classes

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Villa Boccella

  • Five nights accommodation and use of all facilities at Villa Boccella

  • Visit to a vineyard with private wine tasting and lunch

  • An apron and a cookbook with all our recipes

  • An afternoon visit to Lucca with evening meal and wine in a local restaurant serving regional dishes

  • The course is suitable for couples, friends and singles. One thing that you will all have in common is your love for good food.

  • Costs for the week start at 1,800 Euro in double occupancy (Early bird discount: 200 Euros off if you book before the 1st September)

For more information, please visit our Tuscany with Maria site here.

 

 

location

Villa Boccella
Ponte a Moriano, Lucca, Italy

The guests and team for our Culinary Holiday in Tuscany 2017

The guests and team for our Culinary Holiday in Tuscany 2017

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Do I have to be a great cook to learn how to bake?

No, not at all! A little passion for home-made baking is all you need.

How do I sign up for a baking class?

Either book a place on the website under Class Calendar or send me an email on maria@bakewithmaria.com with date and class you would like to attend and I will book you in.

I’m allergic to dairy, wheat, gluten, Marmite…

Please contact us before you book a class to let us know of any allergies or dietary requirements you might have. We will then be able to recommend the best class for you.

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

You don’t need to bring anything, just come along and we will supply everything needed for the baking class include an apron to use during the class and boxes to take everything home in.

What are the teaching methods?

In every class I will take you through all of the steps of home baking. The class is very hands on and we have chosen to make the classes very small in size so you will get lots of personal attention.

For the cake baking classes, we will be using KitchenAid stand mixers – they are ideal for cake batters and ensure a light, fluffy texture. Don’t worry if you do not have a stand mixer at home – all the cake recipes can be made using a handheld mixer.

Terms & Conditions

Since our baking classes have limited enrollment, classes are non-refundable and there are no make-ups for a missed class. If you find you are unable to attend a baking class that you have paid for, you may of course send someone in your place. Please let us know that person’s name before the class so we may welcome them to the class.

If you can’t find a replacement we will, as a courtesy, place your booking back up on our web site and attempt to resell the spot to our audience. If the place sells we can either book you on to a different class of similar value or give you a refund.

In the unlikely event that a baking class is cancelled, you’ll receive at least 48 hours notice. We will offer another class or issue you a full refund – your choice.


Purchasing gift vouchers

Gift vouchers for baking classes can be bought or over the phone. They are easy to redeem and are valid for 6 months after purchase. Once you have purchased the gift voucher you will receive an email with a link which you can use for redeeming the gift voucher. Gift vouchers cannot be redeemed for cash.